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(UPI)   NASA is planning the first interstellar mission - a trip to the Alpha Centauri system - to launch in 2069. So, everyone mark your calendars; we should be getting back some great intel in about 96 years   ( upi.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Solar System, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sun, Alpha Centauri, Binary star, Planet, American Geophysical Union, habitable zone  
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2017-12-28 03:58:03 PM  
Even before it gets anywhere just designing and launching a truly interstellar mission would teach us a lot. I hope they get to actually do it.
 
2017-12-28 04:03:30 PM  
We need more space sailboats.

Maybe they'll figure out space sailboat brakes too!
 
2017-12-28 04:06:27 PM  
Do they have a working FTL yet?
 
2017-12-28 04:16:19 PM  
You came in that thing?
 
2017-12-28 04:23:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You came in that thing?


Yeah, but I mopped up afterwards.
 
2017-12-28 04:35:48 PM  
And it'll give us a lot of info on the interstellar medium a fraction of its way on the journey. This is a cool thing that should happen, and I only hope medicine advances to keep me alive long enough for the first pictures from a satellite orbiting an alien star.
 
2017-12-28 04:52:13 PM  
Only if our first city has access to fresh water and nobody attacks us until we discover iron.
 
2017-12-28 04:55:12 PM  
Too late to send my wife.
 
2017-12-28 05:10:24 PM  
Do we have an inter-planetary receiving network to get the signals back?

Saw a great TED lightning talk on a NASA engineer who is trying to re-purpose old orbiters to act as transmission relays (Sorry I can't think who it was though).
 
2017-12-28 05:10:24 PM  

nmrsnr: And it'll give us a lot of info on the interstellar medium a fraction of its way on the journey. This is a cool thing that should happen, and I only hope medicine advances to keep me alive long enough for the first pictures from a satellite orbiting an alien star.


Dunno if anyone expects it to slow from .1c to some speed in which it can maintain an orbit, rather than a fly-by.
 
2017-12-28 05:15:55 PM  
Isn't there an argument that by the time an interstellar spacecraft gets really anywhere, we will have newer technology which will be significantly faster and will be there before the original ship.

/stealing shamelessly from Hitchhikers
//and maybe a Star Trek episode
 
2017-12-28 05:24:05 PM  

dr_blasto: We need more space sailboats.

Maybe they'll figure out space sailboat brakes too!


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It's been done.
 
2017-12-28 05:25:15 PM  
The prospect almost makes me want to start working on my parent's grandkids.
 
2017-12-28 05:38:10 PM  
So we're going for a Science victory? Did NOT see that one coming.
 
2017-12-28 05:40:38 PM  
Given the distance between the hyperspace jump arrival coordinates and Hutton Orbital, I'm not sure its worth it... even for Centauri mega gin.
 
2017-12-28 05:50:15 PM  

CipollinaFan: dr_blasto: We need more space sailboats.

Maybe they'll figure out space sailboat brakes too!

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It's been done.


I don't see any brakes on that
 
2017-12-28 05:53:23 PM  
NASA has a problem in that program development takes more time than any given presidential administration. Each one comes in, makes some changes to the program guidelines that they don't bother to fund, and NASA hasn't been able to stay on any new goal since the space station. What they say in year A that they are going to be doing in year M is changed before year D arrives. It makes it difficult to get excited about any new targets they set.
 
2017-12-28 06:03:04 PM  
Start today or it will take longer!
 
2017-12-28 06:05:59 PM  
Just our luck, we could send President Morgan right now
 
2017-12-28 06:07:24 PM  
2069 the mission launches
2090 NASA develops new tech
2100 The new tech mission passes the old mission on the way to Alpha Centauri
 
2017-12-28 06:10:33 PM  
A pity they didn't pick 2039...
/they bring good news of a world so newly born
 
2017-12-28 06:12:18 PM  

Birnone: 2069 the mission launches
2090 NASA develops new tech
2100 The new tech mission passes the old mission on the way to Alpha Centauri


But would the new tech have developed without research to create the "old" tech? Sitting around doing nothing waiting for new tech to happen is not how it works.
 
2017-12-28 06:13:52 PM  

Birnone: 2069 the mission launches
2090 NASA develops new tech
2100 The new tech mission passes the old mission on the way to Alpha Centauri


Yes, but we wouldn't have picked up the new tech without building the old-tech mission anyway, so if we didn't launch the first mission we wouldn't have been able to launch the second one either.

/Had to build the steam-powered vibrator before we could get to the Jack Rabbit.
 
2017-12-28 06:16:53 PM  
Hitting a tiny piece of interstellar dust will be like getting hit by an RPG at 10% of light speed. Good luck.
 
2017-12-28 06:18:15 PM  

WorldCitizen: Birnone: 2069 the mission launches
2090 NASA develops new tech
2100 The new tech mission passes the old mission on the way to Alpha Centauri

But would the new tech have developed without research to create the "old" tech? Sitting around doing nothing waiting for new tech to happen is not how it works.


IIRC there's a Heinlein book with that plot. The main character gets sent to the stars on a sublight torch ship, the next generation FTL ship is designed specifically to rescue the sublight crews.
 
2017-12-28 06:35:18 PM  
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hermaphrodite hexapods will be waiting
 
2017-12-28 06:45:33 PM  
God damn, people really want that damn mug, don't they?
 
2017-12-28 06:57:19 PM  

Jz4p: The prospect almost makes me want to start working on my parent's grandkids.


Been there, done that.
(Spoiler)
The beginning is awesome, but then it just drags on and on.
 
2017-12-28 07:21:19 PM  

The Green Intern: God damn, people really want that damn mug, don't they?


Or they heard about the free Anaconda.
 
2017-12-28 07:29:23 PM  
Time for the Stars
 
2017-12-28 07:35:09 PM  

Jormungandr: WorldCitizen: Birnone: 2069 the mission launches
2090 NASA develops new tech
2100 The new tech mission passes the old mission on the way to Alpha Centauri

But would the new tech have developed without research to create the "old" tech? Sitting around doing nothing waiting for new tech to happen is not how it works.

IIRC there's a Heinlein book with that plot. The main character gets sent to the stars on a sublight torch ship, the next generation FTL ship is designed specifically to rescue the sublight crews.


Time for the stars, playing around with Einstein's twins and telepathy as a FTL bridge.
 
2017-12-28 07:46:35 PM  
If it happns it probably won't be NASA that does it. NASA's priorities are entirely political (see: The Space Race) and there is no political capital to be gained from a mission that will last longer than most lifetimes. Also recent developments in the US have set the precedent that no presidential policy is likely to survive the next administration.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2017-12-28 07:58:52 PM  

Fark in the Wind: Jz4p: The prospect almost makes me want to start working on my parent's grandkids.

Been there, done that.
(Spoiler)
The beginning is awesome, but then it just drags on and on.


Thanks for the heads up. Does it get any easier when NASA makes cool announcements?
 
2017-12-28 08:21:11 PM  
The team wants to send a probe to look for sings of life

Oh sure, but when I make that typo in a comment you guys are all over me.
 
2017-12-28 09:48:51 PM  
Anyone else smell the disagreeable odor of bullshiat from TFA?

.1C?

Really?
 
2017-12-28 10:06:32 PM  
We need to spend the time and money on this.  Otherwise it will be too obvious when we funally break out the alien tech from Area 51
 
2017-12-28 10:37:15 PM  
Assuming the data is radioed back the mission would be 52 years: 48 to travel, 4 for the data return.
 
2017-12-28 10:42:58 PM  
It's a goal. Warp speed is the plan. Now we just need intelligent people to make it happen.
Hint: They will not be found in the USA.
 
2017-12-28 10:47:23 PM  
How much power would the spacecraft need to send back data? It seems like it would be a lot (compared to what we've sent into space so far). Or would we have to send multiple craft, each one going a bit slower than the first so that data could leapfrog its way back.
 
2017-12-28 10:51:49 PM  

Stoker: Hint: They will not be found in the USA.


That's an odd thing to say
 
2017-12-28 11:04:28 PM  

johnny_vegas: Stoker: Hint: They will not be found in the USA.

That's an odd thing to say


Not really. The Republicans are doing their best to make the US anti-science as possible.  All the most educated people are already leaving. It's nothing new.

CERN coulda been predated by an accelerator in Texas but nobody wanted to pay for it
 
2017-12-28 11:26:34 PM  

doglover: johnny_vegas: Stoker: Hint: They will not be found in the USA.

That's an odd thing to say

Not really. The Republicans are doing their best to make the US anti-science as possible.  All the most educated people are already leaving. It's nothing new.

CERN coulda been predated by an accelerator in Texas but nobody wanted to pay for it


*shrug* its alarmist drivel.  Look up the top research universities in the world
 
2017-12-28 11:34:50 PM  
So are we going to visit Trisolaris prior to figuring out multi-dimensional sophon technology and the Three Body Problem?
 
2017-12-29 12:18:55 AM  
Do I have to do everything around here?

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2017-12-29 02:45:33 AM  
This is a job for Astrochicken!
 
2017-12-29 05:51:35 AM  
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 Do you want Orphans of the Sky? Because this is how yo get Orphans of the Sky.
 
2017-12-29 10:14:20 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Even before it gets anywhere just designing and launching a truly interstellar mission would teach us a lot. I hope they get to actually do it.


and dont forget to tell Trump that the socialist taxpayer is paying for it.
 
2017-12-29 11:05:37 AM  
The CGI will be so convincing in 2069 they could do it all in the Fake Moon landing warehouse.
With the attention span of everyone growing shorter and shorter, 30 days later it will be old news, forgotten.

Then spend..........billions where ever they want to.

\For the conspiracy nuts
 
2017-12-29 11:36:26 AM  

Linux_Yes: Voiceofreason01: Even before it gets anywhere just designing and launching a truly interstellar mission would teach us a lot. I hope they get to actually do it.

and dont forget to tell Trump that the socialist taxpayer is paying for it.


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2017-12-29 04:50:33 PM  
96 years?  I'll be... 147.

All right.  Challenge accepted.
 
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